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TSMC kicks off volume production of 16nm chips 'as expected'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 6:23 am

The time has come: TSMC has announced that its "16nm [chips] smoothly entered volume production as expected". The Taiwanese chipmaker told investors that it had started 16nm volume production after a report said that Apple was reducing the amount of orders it was sending TSMC's way.




Instead of Apple going to TSMC, the iPhone giant would instead send the orders to its largest rival; Samsung, as well as GlobalFoundries. The first production runs of the 16nm node will be for Apple's SoCs according to the latest rumors, while other companies are waiting in line. This includes NVIDIA, LG, Freescale Semiconductor, Avago, LG, and MediaTek. AMD is reportedly not on the list, but this could be wrong, with the company reportedly preparing its Zen CPU architecture, as well as its Arctic Islands GPU architecture that will be made on the 16nm process.


TSMC has also teased that it will soon begin ramping up "an enhanced version of 16nm chips, or 16 FinFET+ chips, in the third quarter and that production would reach a high volume in the same quarter". This is what NVIDIA is waiting for, especially for its gigantic and surely super-powered next-gen Pascal-based GP100 GPU. NVIDIA's GP100 chip is absolutely mammoth, with a rumored 17 billion transistors and up to 32GB of HBM2.

Kaspersky reportedly created malware to trick its competitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 4:50 am

Kaspersky has reportedly created its own malware in order to get its competitors' software into flagging, and quarantining important, non-viral files on consumers' PCs. The report is coming directly from Reuters, which gives it some serious credit.




The malware that Kaspersky created would inject malicious bits of code into important files on consumers' PCs, such as .ini files for your important devices like printers and scanners, which the anti-malware would then pick up as a false positive, quarantining it, or deleting your important files.


Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugine Kaspersky reportedly created the malware as an attack against Kaspersky's competitors, as he thinks that his competitors have copied his anti-virus system rather than create their own. An anonymous source of Reuters said: "It was decided to provide some problems" for other companies, with the source adding: "It is not only damaging for a competing company but also damaging for users' computers".


The Moscow-based firm has denied the allegations, with a Kaspersky representative telling Reuters: "Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing. Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable".

'Star Wars: Episode 9' gets a director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 16, 2015 2:44 am

Fresh from the huge worldwide success of 'Jurassic World', we now know why director Colin Trevorrow so quickly bowed out from directing the next installment of the 'Jurassic Park' franchise. It turns out he was being courted by Disney and Lucasfilm to direct their third film in the new 'Star Wars' trilogy.




The Walt Disney company announced at the D23 expo that Colin Trevorrow will direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX', which continues on from J.J. Abrams 'The Force Awakens' later this year, and Rian Johnson's 'Episode VIII'.


The as-yet untitled 'Episode VII' will hit cinemas worldwide in May 2019.

CD Projekt Red unleashes mod support into The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2015 8:31 am

The Witcher 3 fans, listen up: CD Projekt Red has just unleashed modding support for The Witcher 3, with the developer teasing gamers can: "modify several aspects of the game to their own liking".




CD Projekt Red continues: "Thanks to texture import and export, gamers can now modify the looks and feel of in-game objects, while the possibility of substituting meshes allows to insert new models in the game world in place of existing ones. Finally, access to script files opens up an entirely new array or modification options to many in-game aspects, so modders can fire up their imagination and fiddle with item statistics and much more".


The studio has much more to say, adding: "First of all, the modding tools we are releasing are not an editor," an unnamed person from CD Projekt Red says. "They're meant for people who are somewhat experienced with modding software and are designed to make creating mods easier. They give access to game files and allow for easy extracting, compilation, and decompilation of resources. Beside visual changes, like modifying textures and models, they will allow to change UI assets and script files. The majority of gameplay-related mechanics are written in scripts. Having access to these scripts will allow to create even more ambitious and complex modifications. If you're not a modder and you're wondering about real life applications, in short, all this means that from now on, people will be able to put their own textures on models to make them feel more personal (or cool, or whatever they wish!), or, say, substitute Roach's model with a unicorn (and ride it towards the setting sun). You will be able to use these mods when they get published. Also, we hope the community builds on these resources and, who knows, maybe some people who haven't ever dreamt of modding will start doing so? There might be future devs among you!"

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Samsung teases 'world's largest storage drive', an incredible 16TB SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2015 6:14 am

At the Flash Memory Summit, Samsung unveiled a massive 16TB SSD that is the "world's largest storage drive", an incredible feat by the South Korean giant.




Samsung's new 16TB HDD doesn't have a price, nor do we know about read/write speeds or IOPS. But we can expect that it will pack Samsung's next-gen 48-layer, 3-bit V-NAND technology. Samsung said that it could "easily double the capacity of Samsung's existing SSD line-ups, and provide an ideal solution for multi-terabyte SSDs".


There's no ETA on Samsung's new 16TB SSD, but we shouldn't expect it anytime soon. We still have to wait for 1TB and 2TB SSDs to become more affordable in the consumer market before we leap frog past 4TB, 8TB and 12TB. But, this is super-exciting news nonetheless.

'New Game+' mode announced for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2015 4:15 am

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sounds better and better, apart from the possible downgrade in graphics that is happening, but on the gameplay side of things, we can't be happier.



Eidos Montreal recently took to Twitter to announce a new 'New Game+' mode for the game, with Executive Game Director Jean-Francois Dugas and Gameplay Director Patrick Fortier saying that New Game+ will let gamers find "even more about all the maps and the secrets" in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


The duo also talked about a few changes that the studio has made from Human Revolution to Mankind Divided, with the experience system being much more balanced and rewarding for players with the combat actions, something that they said would remove the feeling "that there is a 'right way' to play". Mankind Divided's protagonist, Adam Jensen, will have his Smart Vision upgraded, where it can be modified to reveal loot, characters, weapons, his ammunition type, and it can even be modified in the middle of combat. Very cool.

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ARK: Survival Evolved competition includes $15,000 and Alienware PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2015 2:11 am

ARK: Survival Evolved continues to erm, evolve, with developer Studio Wildcard announcing the new ARK Dev Kit. ARK Dev Kit is a 'streamlined version' of the UR3 Editor, so that you can create and play with mods for ARK: Survival Evolved.




The studio has also announced the 'ARK: Survival Evolved Modding Contest' which is sponsored by custom PC maker Alienware, with the objective of the competition to use the ARK Dev Kit to create a new mod that impresses the judges. There is over $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, with the grand prize being $15,000 USD in cash, an Alienware Area 51 gaming PC and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card.


Second and third place prizes are also impressive, with second place taking home $5,000 USD, an Alienware X51 desktop and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 while third place receives $2,500 in cash and the same GeForce GTX 960 video card. The full details on the ARK: Survival Evolved Modding Contest can be found here.

Need for Speed's insane customization and gameplay teased in new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2015 12:00 am

A bunch of YouTubers have posted gameplay footage from Gamescom 2015, teasing the customization and driving gameplay from EA's upcoming Need for Speed.




The customization of the car you drive is absolutely insane, with every detail covered from spoilers to wheels, and bumpers to windscreens. We have six videos to show you, two above and four below. There are various parts to the video, with the customization of various vehicles in Need for Speed to the actual gameplay and drifting.

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NPD: 34M core players spend average of 22 hours per week gaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 9:17 pm

When it comes to gaming, we tend to really enjoy ourselves. A recent report from The NPD Group found 34 million core gamers in the United States spend an average of 22 hours each week playing. Core gamers are critical for the gaming market, as hardware manufacturers and software developers try to learn more about their target audience.




Core gamers are described as those of us playing at least five hours per week, using a PC, Mac, Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3, or PlayStation 4 - while playing the following genres: action, adventure, fighting, flight, MMORPGs, racing, real-time strategy, shooters, RPGs, or sports games.


"Core gamers are really the lifeblood of the industry, spending tremendous amounts of time on their hobby of choice," said Liam Callahan, Industry Analyst at The NPD Group. "With the new console generation off to a great start, we can expect the amount of time spent gaming to increase as more core gamers adopt them."

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Pre-Order the SKEYE Mini Drone with HD Camera and Save 34%

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Drones | Posted: Aug 14, 2015 7:00 pm



The early bird gets the worm...or, in this case, the adventurously fun SKEYE Mini Drone with HD camera. Pre-order it now and get it when it ships in September- for now it's just $64.99 with free shipping at TweakTown Deals.


The SKEYE Mini Drone flips, rolls, and performs tricks, and you can capture it all with the attached HD camera. Thanks to precision-controlled steering and six-axis stabilization, you'll get a smooth flight no matter your experience level-it even has both beginner and advanced flight modes. Get up to eight minutes of flight time day or night-the SKEYE comes with LED lights perfect for flying it in the dark.


Don't miss your chance to get this SKEYE Mini Drone for 34% off at TweakTown Deals.

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